Theodore Dreiser Quotes

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I believe in the compelling power of love. I do not understand it. I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence. -Theodore Dreiser
Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail. -Theodore Dreiser
In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance. -Theodore Dreiser
If I were personally to define religion, I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstances. -Theodore Dreiser
Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes. -Theodore Dreiser
Morality and ethics are nothing but footballs, wherewith people, strong people play to win points. -Theodore Dreiser
Life is made for the strong. There is no mercy in it for the weak
Life is a God-damned, stinking, treacherous game and nine hundred and ninety-nine men out of a thousand are bastards. -Theodore Dreiser
Many individuals are so constituted that their only thought is to obtain pleasure and shun responsibility. They would like, butterfly-like, to wing forever in a summer garden, flitting from flower to flower, and sipping honey for their sole delight. They have no feeling that any result which might flow from their action should concern them. They have no conception of the necessity of a well-organized society wherein all shall accept a certain quota of responsibility and all realize a reasonable amount of happiness. They think only of themselves because they have not yet been taught to think of society. For them pain and necessity are the great taskmasters. Laws are but the fences which circumscribe the sphere of their operations. When, after error, pain falls as a lash, they do not comprehend that their suffering is due to misbehavior. Many such an individual is so lashed by necessity and law that he falls fainting to the ground, dies hungry in the gutter or rotting in the jail and it never once flashes across his mind that he has been lashed only in so far as he has persisted in attempting to trespass the boundaries which necessity sets. A prisoner of fate, held enchained for his own delight, he does not know that the walls are tall, that the sentinels of life are forever pacing, musket in hand. He cannot perceive that all joy is within and not without. He must be for scaling the bounds of society, for overpowering the sentinel. When we hear the cries of the individual strung up by the thumbs, when we hear the ominous shot which marks the end of another victim who has thought to break loose, we may be sure that in another instance life has been misunderstood-we may be sure that society has been struggled against until death alone would stop the individual from contention and evil.

Theodore Dreiser
When the distraction of the tongue is removed, the heart listens. -Theodore Dreiser
In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance -Theodore Dreiser
I will kneel and strike my breast, then touch the dust with my forehead; I will, I will. Only do not forsake me, oh god of beauty. -Theodore Dreiser
Theodore Dreiser Should ought to write nicer. -Theodore Dreiser
The strong man wants to be allowed to DO; the little man wants to stop him. -Theodore Dreiser
All forms of dogmatic religion should go. The world did without them in the past and can do so again. -Theodore Dreiser
I believe in the compelling power of love. -Theodore Dreiser
I acknowledge the Furies. I believe in them. I have heard the disastrous beating of their wings. -Theodore Dreiser
Remember, love is all a woman has to give, but it is the only thing which God permits us to carry beyond the grave. -Theodore Dreiser
Dreiser wanted to write the next great American novel, and his desperation pervades [ Sister Carrie ] like an unsavory pit stain. -Theodore Dreiser
A thought will color a world for us. -Theodore Dreiser
Let no one underestimate the need of pity. We live in a stony universe whose hard, brilliant forces rage fiercely. -Theodore Dreiser
Nothing is proved, all is permitted. -Theodore Dreiser
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